Southern Leyte's Wawa Bridge: A Sight to Behold

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Belle Piccio | Jun 29, 2016
Southern Leyte's Wawa Bridge: A Sight to Behold

Formerly known as Lilo-Lilo Festival, the annual cultural festival of Southern Leyte was changed to Lilo-Wawa Festival.

Lilo-Lilo Festival file photo via Municipality of Liloan, Southern Leyte FB

Liloan is a fourth class municipality of Southern Leyte province subdivided politically into 24 barangays. The center of the town is located at the northern portion of Panaon Island. The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge called Wawa Bridge. While the name of the municipality Liloan is derived from the local term “lilo” which means “whirlpool.” These whirlpools are seen at Panaon Strait.

Wawa Bridge of Liloan via Ronald Tagra under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Launched in 2008, the festival highlight is held every 31st of July during the town’s feast day honoring St. Ignatius de Loyola, founder of the Jesuits and patron saint of soldiers. You’ll find thousands of guests, both local and foreign, flock the municipality of Liloan. Events such as the festival queen pageant and colorful street dancing competition showcasing the customs and tradition of Filipinos are a must-see!

The festival has helped in the development of the town’s tourism. It showcases the best of Liloan through music, products, food and its people.

How to Get There

From Manila, you can easily fly to "The Gateway to Eastern Visayas," Tacloban, as all major airlines service the city. (Estimated cost: Php 2,700++, round trip, 1 hour and 15 minutes).

By ferry, it will take approximately 36 hours. And it will take almost a day if by bus.

From Tacloban, you can ride a bus going down south to Liloan.

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